Recap: St. Louis BattleHawks 23, Seattle Dragons 16
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS 23, SEATTLE DRAGONS 16
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- Top Moments
- This is the XFL Show: Ta'amu shine for BattleHawks
- STL: Ohana -- Ta'amu shines in front of family
- SEA: Daniels sparks rally, but comeback falls short
ST. LOUIS -- The Seattle Dragons offense received a major jolt after putting in B.J. Daniels at quarterback in the second half, but the St. Louis BattleHawks (3-1) survived at home Saturday to win 23-16 in Week 4.
Daniels threw for 100 yards and a score while also chewing up 84 rushing yards, bringing Seattle (1-3) back into the game after the club mustered just three points in the first half. Although he led them on a pair of touchdown drives to bring them close, he was intercepted by Will Hill late in the fourth quarter.
The Dragons also failed to stall blossoming BattleHawks signal-caller Jordan Ta'amu. The Ole Miss alum threw for 264 yards and a touchdown on a 20-for-27 day (74 percent completion rate) and ran for 60 yards, continuing to thrive in the BattleHawks' pace-controlling style.
The BattleHawks should hang on to first place in the East regardless of what happens in Sunday's game for the DC Defenders, whom St. Louis will face in Week 5.
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Ta'amu started fast, finishing a first-quarter drive with this 27-yard connection with De'Mornay Pierson-El.
RB Keith Ford added another St. Louis highlight, bobbling a toss but then turning the corner for six.
Daniels' second-half entry gave Seattle some juice, including this TD toss to tight end Evan Rodriguez.
BATTLEHAWKS COMMENT ON WIN
“You know we did a good time in time of possession, just looking at the stat sheet quickly. The one thing that obviously stuck out to me that was one thing that we definitely have to correct are our penalties. Those are the things that are going to kill us when we get in these tight games and guys are making plays and they keep bringing ’em back. We have to take care of that.”
"It was kinda nervous just seeing them come back and putting up drives and bringing in that second quarterback [B.J. Daniels] who can run and throw. So, that kind of put us on our heels a little bit, but I just told our offense ’stay calm, stay collected. Do what we have to do and get first downs and touchdowns, field goals will come later.'”
STATS OF THE GAME
We had to feature this do-it-all line:
With his often devastating two-way talent, Daniels holds a strong case to start in Week 5 ahead of Brandon Silvers. Daniels only completed five of 10 attempts but averaged 10 yards on those throws; Silvers had just 2.7.
Steven Johnson once again led the squad with eight combined tackles (three solo), continuing to set the table as a captain. He should again finish the weekend as one of the league leaders, if not the leader.
Pierson-El again caused matchup problems and served as a safety valve for Ta'amu, catching all five targets sent his way for 71 yards.
Hill registered the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter. He deflected another pass. The former NFL veteran also played with a heavy heart; his father suffered an aneurysm but appears to be recovering.
Dragons cornerback Mohammed Seisay was taken off on a stretcher. The team provided news:
Dragons discuss defeat
"Our team is just great men. They just care about Mohammed [Seisay]. They wanted to know right away what was going on. Everyone is disappointed about the fact that we lost and the BattleHawks did a great job of hanging in there and we felt like we gave a spark to the group with B.J. Daniels coming in in the second half.”
“I think we picked up energy in the second half and tried to make it a game. I'm really thankful and proud of the teammates we have in Seattle because we all ride for each other. Our guys are close-knit, they stick together. Even right now in that locker room, we’re praying for Mohammed, that’s a big deal for us.”
Up Next: Week 5
- The BattleHawks will try to clench onto their perch in the East when they visit the second-place DC Defenders (Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. ET on FS1).
- Seattle will face another stiff road test at the Houston Roughnecks (Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. ET on ABC).